The White House has announced that president Barack Obama has nominated Eric Seth Rubin as the new US ambassador to Bulgaria.
Rubin, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, a position he held from 2011 to August 2015.
Rubin previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US embassy in Moscow, Russia from 2008 to 2011, Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2006 to 2008, and Director of the Office of Policy and Coordination from 2004 to 2006.
Prior to that, he was Consul General and Principal Officer at the US Consulate General in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 2001 to 2004, Resident Associate and Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University from 1999 to 2000, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1998 to 1999.
He also served as Assistant White House Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs and National Security Council Director for Public Affairs from 1997 to 1998, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1996 to 1997, and Deputy Political Counselor at the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine from 1994 to 1996. Rubin has a B.A. from Yale University.